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5th Grade

¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! Due to wonderful field trips, holidays, and special activities in the past three weeks some of the students did not have Spanish. In the past two weeks we have been working very hard on reviewing topics (with the groups that did not miss Spanish), and finishing new lessons (with the groups that did). We are building our Spanish knowledge as we go!  It is very important for students of the same grade and level
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Important upcoming dates

*This Friday, October 13th the fifth graders will display their Native American projects in the Xavier Room starting at 2:20. All parents are welcome to join. Please note that projects should arrive on Friday and will need to go home on Friday after the exhibit. *Monday, October 16th will be the Simple Machines Science Test. Students have a copy of the study guides and are encouraged to study using their notes, books
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Native American Project

Important dates for the Native American Project: *Rough drafts of essays are due Thursday, October 5th. They should be submitted to me through Google, not printed as a hard copy. Students know how to do this. If you or your child has any troubles doing this please let me know. They can submit to me by clicking the blue “share” button in the top right corner of their Google doc and sending it to my email:
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RED Campaign Kickoff and Author Visit

On Tuesday, October 17, SFX will be hosting Caitlin Alifrenka, co-author of I Will Always Write Back. She will be speaking with our 5th-8th grade students about her life-changing experience of becoming pen pals with a young man from Zimbabwe. Their letter exchange lead to an enduring friendship that continues to this day and permanently changed the way they view their lives, as well as the lives of others who live ar
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Single Gender HS Presentation

SFX parents are invited to a presentation at Saints Faith, Hope & Charity School in Winnetka exploring the benefits of a single sex high school education. This talk takes place on October 12th at 7pm and is open to the public. Staff from both Regina Dominican and Notre Dame College Prep High Schools will be in attendance. Learn more here.
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Social Studies

Next Monday, September 25th will be the first social studies test. Students are to use the study guide that went home on Monday along with their textbook and social studies notes to study for the test. There is a copy of the study guide posted on Edmodo in case the copy that went home disappears. We have also begun our Native American Project. Students will write an essay about his/her group and will complete a proje
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we finished our project: La Mochila/My Backpack. All grades: We continued to learn about school supplies in Spanish. This activity not only helps students practice their Spanish writing skills and improve their Spanish vocabulary but also encourages them to speak in Spanish while using or asking for them. 3rd/4th/5th Grades: We ended up our weekend playing a school supplies matching game. Studen
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UPDATED POST: Author Lisa McMann coming to SFX

Unfortunately the earlier blog post about this contained an order form that didn’t have pricing for the books. I have just received the corrected form and here is the link to it Lisa McMann order form 2017 I am very excited to announce that our first author visit of the year will be for 4th-5th grade. Author Lisa McMann will be here the morning of Oct. 3 speaking with our students about how she writes her two h
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we finished our project: Todo Sobre Mi/ All about me. After completing this activity, students took turns and introduced themselves to the rest of the class. We very much enjoyed getting to know each other a little bit more and at the same time learned new adjectives and verbs in Spanish. Also, after the oral presentations some classes did a project on School Supplies. This activity was modified
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Author Lisa McMann coming to SFX

I am very excited to announce that our first author visit of the year will be for 4th-5th grade. Author Lisa McMann will be here the morning of Oct. 3 speaking with our students about how she writes her two highly engaging fantasy adventure series, Going Wild and The Unwanteds.  This summer when I was at the NERD Camp literacy conference in Michigan, I had the opportunity to meet Ms. McMann and tell her about our ama
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A Note From Mrs. Phillips for 9/7

We are in the third week of school and we are already off to a running start! So far fifth graders have started their first science unit on Simple Machines and their first Social Studies unit on early Americans. We have begun to talk about note taking skills in both social studies and science and today I got to see some awesome team work in their note-taking skills. I enjoyed seeing you all at the Middle School Forum
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5th Grade and the Library Collection

This week library checkout began for most grades except for kindergarten. Since the library supports a wide age range of students, we have a Middle School Collection geared towards and limited to our 6th-8th graders. When both 5th grade classes visited the library this week the first thing they asked me was, “Now that we are in middle school may we check books out from the middle school collection?” They
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola!   This past week we began our project: Todo Sobre Mi/ All about me as a way to introduce Spanish greetings and review previously learned topics for upper level grades. These worksheets encouraged students to review the fundamentals of the Spanish language at the same time that allowed students to interact with each other in order to complete all the information needed. We will continue to work on this nex
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Welcome Back from the Library!

How wonderful it was to welcome back our students this past week! I was able to see many of the classes this past week and look forward to seeing more this week. It is exciting to have the children tell me about the great reading adventures they had this summer and have them excitedly tell me about their new favorite book. With our 3rd-8th grade students I have been busy talking about how as they progress in school,
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! Welcome back! This is Señorita Rocha back again for this 2017-2018 school year at St. Francis! This past week I had the opportunity to meet with some classes to welcome my students to the Spanish program and to give them some information about the wonderful activities that we are going to do this year. I will continue doing this next week. This year for Kindergarten I will follow the same dynamic as last year:
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¡Adios Adios!

¡Hola a todos! First of all I would like to thank you all for the support throughout this school year! I am very happy with the results of implementing a new Spanish curriculum that encouraged students active participation and satisfied different learning styles! Also, I would like to let you now that I will continue this wonderful journey during the 2017-2018 school year at SFX. I hope you all have a wonderful and s
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Artwork Coming Home!

Hello Parents!   I just wanted to let you know that artwork should be coming home!! Thank you for all of your support during the year and especially at the art show—it was an amazing showing of all of our amazingly talented students! I still have artwork from this year’s 8th graders that was not picked up, as well as a scattering of works from 6th and 7th grades. If you want to pick anything up, I am avail
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Summer Reading and the Wilmette Public Library

Last Friday Mrs. Joseph from the Wilmette Public Library visited our school and spoke to students in Kindergarten-5th grade about all the great offerings the library has for children this summer. From great family entertainment to reading clubs, as well as volunteer opportunities for middle school students to help younger children over the summer, the library is the place to visit this summer. This summer’s rea
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5th-8th Grade Parents Needed

We are in need of 5th-8th grade parent volunteers to join us tomorrow, May 26th from 10-10:20am. Parents will be stationed in our Middle School advisories to assist with distributing and praying the rosary together. No experience is needed, as guides will be provided for assistance and direction. Rosary volunteers are asked to lead with the Joyful Mysteries (as provided), and students are invited to bring a rosary fr
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MS Service Opportunity

Middle School students looking for service hours are invited to contact Christine Pao at 773/878-5507 to learn more about volunteering at the St. Thomas of Canterbury Soup Kitchen. Volunteers are needed on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3:30-7pm.
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Clarification for Look Ahead Night

Parents of current 4th grade students will attend a “Look Ahead” night this evening, May 23rd, to learn more about their children’s transition into 5th grade. Current 5th grade parents should not plan to attend this presentation. Please contact the office with any questions at office@sfx-school.org. Thank you!
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Kirby Larson’s One Author One Community visit

What a wonderful day we had on Friday with our visiting author, Kirby Larson. When Mrs. Larson arrived at SFX, she was greeted by our official student greeter, a 2nd grade student, who had read almost all of Mrs. Larson’s books as he was so excited that she was coming to the school. How wonderful to see so many students excited to finally meet Mrs. Larson and have her at our school. Mrs. Larson gave three prese
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we covered: La Tomatina. La Tomatina is a festival held on a Wednesday towards the end of August in the town of Buñol in the Valencia region in Spain. Tens of thousands of participants come from all over the world to fight in a harmless battle where more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets. We successfully finished a project in which we learned concepts s
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Great America Read to Succeed Vouchers

The Six Flags Read to Succeed Reading Challenge vouchers have arrived and were distributed to classroom teachers on Wednesday. All children who read the 6 required hours and submitted the reading log to the school earned a free day pass to Six Flags Great America. The vouchers are valid from June 12-August 6, 2017. Be sure to be on the lookout for these vouchers to come home in your child’s backpack. Mrs. Sawye
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2017 Art Show!

Hello all! This year’s Art Show will take place on Thursday, May 25th from 6-8:00pm. Please join us for an evening of 1st through 8th grade art in the Xavier Room. If you already have plans, no worries—the show will be left up from Thursday evening-Sunday, so parents can stop by after mass or throughout the day on Friday! We have been working hard all year, and would love for you to come by and celebrate the ar
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